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Murder by gaslight

Title
Murder by gaslight
Genre
Drama; Serial
TX Date
Unknown
Year of production
1980
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Duration
00:22:23
Description
The Murder By Gaslight drama series for radio, based on real-life Victorian murders, presents a portion of Manchester Martyrs, written by Leo Knowles, and narrated by Leo McKern. The so-called martyrs rescued two top Fenians (members of the Irish nationalist brotherhood), Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy, from a police van in 1867, killing a policeman in the process. Five men were later caught and three hanged. Actors not identified. Ends part-way through programme, and sound distorted at end of clip.
Contributors
Leo Knowles; Leo McKern
Keywords
Crime; Death penalty; Ireland; Homicide; Manchester; Murderers; Hanging; Radio drama; Policemen; Radio plays; Victorian period; Thomas Kelly; Timothy Deasy; Escapes; Nationalists; Criminal investigation

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